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Lead Based Paint Disclosure

To protect the public from exposure to lead from paint, dust, and soil, Congress passed the Residential Lead-Based Paint  Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, also known as Title  X.   Section 1018 of this law directed HUD and EPA to require disclosure of information on lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before the  sale or lease of most housing built before  1978. The rule would ensure that purchasers and renters of housing built before 1978 receive the information necessary to protect themselves and their families from  lead-based paint hazards. Congress did  not extend the law to housing built after 1978 because the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the use of lead-based paint to be used in housing in 1978.

This rule applies to all housing defined as "target housing", which includes most private housing, public housing, housing receiving Federal assistance, and Federally owned  housing  built before 1978. Housing not affected by this rule include zero bedroom dwellings, leases of 100 or fewer days, senior citizen or handicapped housing unless children reside there, or rental  housing  certified lead-free by a qualified inspector.

For further information, check with EPA(, HUD( or  LongBurk Real Estate e-mail (